Darrelle Revis’ uncle, former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert, is running for executive director of the players’ union.

Perhaps when Gilbert stands before the player representatives for the 32 NFL teams during the union’s meetings in Hawaii to make his pitch for the job before Sunday’s election, his entire speech should consist of: “Have you ever seen what my nephew has made in his career?”

Revis cashed in Tuesday night.

The cornerback, made a free agent when the New England Patriots declined to retain him for next season for the $20 million price tag in his previous contract, returned to his original NFL team by agreeing to a deal worth, according to a person familiar with the terms, $70 million over five seasons. The contract contains $39 million in fully guaranteed money, according to that source. It pays Revis $48 million over the next three seasons.

Revis, who turns 30 in July, remains a superb cornerback. He helped the Patriots to a Super Bowl title in his lone season (at least for the time being) in New England. The debate during Super Bowl week was about whether Revis or his Seattle Seahawks counterpart, Richard Sherman, is the sport’s top cornerback.

Now he is back with the Jets, with whom he spent six seasons before one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one with the Patriots.

“I’m coming home,” Revis wrote on Twitter, also thanking the Patriots for “an unbelievable year.”

The signing was a significant victory for the Jets’ new decision-makers, General Manager Mike Maccagnan and Coach Todd Bowles, as they attempt to reinvigorate the franchise following a 4-12 season. The Jets struck a deal with another free-agent cornerback, Buster Skrine of the Cleveland Browns, on Tuesday and officially announced that they’d traded for Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Jets have a long way to go to catch the Patriots in the AFC East. The Jets still have a highly unsettled quarterback situation. They acquired veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in a trade with the Texans on Wednesday, and also have youngster Geno Smith. They have the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft but probably would have to trade up from there to land Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota.

But at least the Jets are doing what they can to try and close the considerable gap on the mighty Patriots, who are back to dealing with the harsh realities of roster retooling in the aftermath of the fourth Super Bowl triumph secured in tandem by Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots also have cut their ties to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and cornerback Brandon Browner by declining to exercise contract options. They lost running back Shane Vereen in free agency Tuesday when he agreed to a deal with the New York Giants.

The Patriots did retain safety Devin McCourty by re-signing him this week before the market opened. And surely Belichick will find a way to make things work again. He always does.

But the division that the Patriots have dominated could be just a little bit tougher next season. The Miami Dolphins reportedly lined up a deal over the weekend with the top prize in free agency, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Buffalo Bills traded for tailback LeSean McCoy.

And now the Jets have Revis, who has managed to be a free agent in each of the last three offseasons. According to the New York Daily News, his new contract with the Jets will push Revis’ career NFL earnings to between $123 million and $154 million, depending on how many years of the deal he fulfills.

The question is: How in the world will he ever manage to be a free agent again next offseason?